Types of Plans
Most wireless providers offer different types of cellphone plan, so it is worth considering what your preferences are before shopping around. Which type you choose should be determined by how heavily you intend to use the plan, and whether you will need a new handset as part of the deal. The three main types of plan you will encounter are:
Pre-paid/Pay-as-you-go: These plans are highly flexible and suitable for light to moderate use. They allow you to pre-pay for a fixed amount of calls, texts and data, and typically do not let the user exceed this amount to accidentally incur additional charges. Once your pre-paid pack has run out you can purchase another from the provider via an automated service, or alternatively, set the plan up to automatically start a new package at the beginning of each month.
Unlimited/Semi-unlimited: These plans are usually set up for a period of 12 months or longer, though some providers will allow you to establish a rolling monthly arrangement. It’s worth going for some form of unlimited plan if you require data or are likely to make a lot of calls or texts, as this usually works out cheaper than a pre-paid plan.
Sim-only: This is the most affordable option for people who do not require a new handset as part of their cellphone plan. With a sim-only contract, you pay only for data, minutes and texts, which are provided via a sim card. In most cases, this card will work in any compatible unlocked device – however, it is important to clarify this with the provider. Sim-only contracts can be pay-as-you-go or unlimited, though again, this will depend on the provider.